At long last! I think I’ve sorted out a time-management system that will work for me! All my working life, I’ve had positions that included a hundred and one different jobs in my role, but they all had to be done now! Life was easy! Start at the top and work my way through. New jobs coming in went to the bottom of the pile, which meant I always knew how much I had to do, and if I’d caught up by the end of the day or was lagging behind!
Being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator still has a hundred and one different jobs, but they all have their own time slot during the month. Getting organised with my time-management was the first job I wanted to get sorted out by the end of the Stampin’ Up! year, 30th September. It’s four days late, but it’s sorted! I’m not drawing it out correctly until November which will allow me time to add on any jobs I’ve forgotten.
Coastal Cabana is probably my favourite colour of all, and I’m so pleased Stampin’ Up! have included it in the Let It Snow Suite. During the Summer, I saw several crafters making a card like mine, but where I punched out the tree, they used the Butterfly Duet Punch. I CASE’d the butterfly idea for this month’s Thank You cards, but added my spin to them.
My spin was to punch the two butterflies again using the same Designer Series Paper (DSP). I folded each butterfly in half and adhered them on the butterflies that could be seen through the cut-outs. Likewise with the Christmas Tree, I punched another one out from the Let It Snow Specialty DSP, scored it in half, and added Tombow down the centre.
You may be wondering why bother punching a tree out of the Whisper White Cardstock (CS) layer? Why not just adhere one DSP tree on the Whisper White CS and then add a another tree, folded in half? My reasoning is that seeing the tree seen the cut-out adds dimension to the card, and adding the second tree, adds a lot more dimension.
I used the Stitched Rectangle Dies, no. 4 regular, to die-cut the white layer, and then I used the Pine Tree Punch to cut out the tree. One day I’ll check to see how the butterfly cards were made, because there appeared to be a layer of the coloured cardstock under the Whisper White CS layer but on top of the DSP! It could be they punched out the white butterflies, then punched out the DSP butterflies and adhered them back in where the white butterflies were! I’m not sure!
The sentiment on my card is from the Perfectly Plaid Stamp Set, and I used Versamark on the snow stamp from the Christmas Gleaming Stamp Set White CS layer, which gives a watermark effect. I used liquid glue on the centre of all the snowflakes on the DSP, and dipped the whole card into my box of Dazzling Diamonds glitter. Needless to say the glitter adhered to the Versamark, temporarily, and I left it on there while I took the photographs! LOL!
After I’d wiped the glitter off the Versamark, I could see the watermarks but it looked rather flat after seeing all that glitter there! Once I’ve finished writing my blog, I’ll add some liquid glue and sprinkle Dazzling Diamonds Glitter over it. I finished the front of my card by adding a White Glimmer Paper star I found in my stash from last year!
To decorate the inside of my card I added a layer of Whisper White CS, and adhered a tree I’d punched out from the DSP. I added a White Glimmer Paper Star to the top of the tree. Then I used liquid glue randomly over the tree and sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds Glitter over it. I’m happy with how today’s card turned out. It’s so good to be back in my craft studio! That’s it from me today! I hope you have a fabulous Friday and I look forward to seeing you tomorrow. Happy crafting.
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